Meet Maria

Tell us a bit about yourself.

I was borne in Extremadura (Southern Spain) but I have been living in Madrid since 2000 as well as in other countries such as USA, France, Germany and Switzerland.

What I like most is to discover new things, people and cultures. I am a city person otherwise I love the nature and hiking in the forest.

In my free time I enjoy in company of friends, colleagues and family with a good and funny talk. My objective on life: sleep well every night.

Where did you study?

I studied in a High School at Oklahoma (USA) when I was 17. When I came I finished a Master Degree in Economics in the university CEU Luis Vives in Madrid. Then I studied International Trading in the Ecole du Commerce Superieur in Paris and also a MBA in the Escuela de Organizacion Industrial and ICEX in Madrid.

In which Roche location are you currently working?

I am located in the Madrid Shared Service Center (MSSC) for Global Informatics.

What can you tell us about that location?

Madrid Shared Service Center is located in a residential “madrileña” area, closed to the center and Barajas airport. Currently we are 223 internal employees and more than 50 contractors, delivering IT Global Infrastructure Services to the rest of Roche group.

MSSC has a global belief, it thinks in global terms and acts globally. Here you can meet people from everywhere and each day is a new experience. We have a multicultural ambience, with 26 different nationalities.

The offices are open spaces, with common areas to interact as coffee corners in each floor, interactive meeting rooms, etc.

Why did you decide to join Roche?

Because it is one of the best pharmaceutical group in the world dedicated to improve the quality and health of patient’s lives.

What is your current job?

Recently I have been moved into IT Infrastructure Operations in the Global Identity and Access Management group. We establish the link between Roche users and information assets, that consists in assigning, updating and revoking access permissions for Roche it users.

I&AM has 5 pillars: Identity, Access, Processes, Federation and support. In Madrid we have the Access Operation team and colleagues from Support and Processes areas. We support our internal customers delivered out of Madrid with 24x5 in 3 shifts, being sure that the whole Roche business is covered.

What makes it such a great job?

This is the challenge that I was looking for as a next step in my career. The most exciting aspect is the chance to develop new skills being part of a group in which I am accountable and we are ONE team that support each other in order to get the best for Roche’s purposes.

Can you pick at least three of the attributes of Roche and explain in detail what they mean to you?

  • products: top 5 worldwide pharmaceutical companies in the world, investing in the pipeline and product portfolio in an innovative way
  • development opportunities: since my second day in my new role I was asking about creating a development plan. During the Operation LT meetings, there is a slot in order to talk to employees in different Operation areas and learn about initiatives, coaching, ideas, etc .

Please complete the following sentence:

Roche is a great place to work because of the people.

How would you describe the people working here?

Open minder, flexible, reliable, energetic and brave enough to manage challenges.

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